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Old 03-01-2015, 01:17 AM   #1
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Husky Nuda 900 to 2015 WSBK at Phillip Island

So i finally decided to pull my finger out and ride to the Island this year.
My mate Rick on his FJ1200 was keen to go as well, so we roughly jotted out a route on the map.
We were looking at about 5,500km all up. With work and family commitments, we gave ourselves a week to do it. 2.5 days down and 2.5 days back with the weekend off in the middle.
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Time fly's and before I knew it, the bike was packed and ready to go.




Obviously the bike is the Husqvarna Nuda 900. Probably not the ideal bike for sport touring, but I was confident it could handle it!

Said goodbye to the wife and kids and then I was off...


To meet my travelling mate....Rick!

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Day 1: Redcliffe to Singleton

The plan was to get to Singleton which would give us a nice early start the next morning on the great Putty Road.
It was such a good feeling to get off the motorway and leave the city behind.
The route took us through Lismore, Armidale and across to Singleton.







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very cool bike!... more pics please.....
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Day 2: Singleton to Tumbarumba


So we got away early for the second day, and in no time we were heading down the Putty Road. The surface was a bit patchy, but mostly really, really nice.
Scenery was awesome. We were expecting a high police presence all the way, so we sort of took it easy. It's mostly 80kphr these days.



Half way along we pulled into the Green Gum Cafe for a hot breaky. Bacon and eggs on toast. Ran into another group as we were leaving who were also
heading to the island, so the excitement was starting to build.





On full stomachs, we hit the road again heading for Lithgow.
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Out through the back of the Blue Mountains and the run between Oberon and Goulburn was awesome fun!



After a bit of a sprint down the highway towards Gundagai, we headed south for the Victorian high country and a little town called Tumbarumba.
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i like the route you guys took... oberon to goulburn is a great road.
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Day 3, 4 and 5: Tumbarumba, Phillip Island and Erica



We started day 3 with the sun on our backs on a glorious, crisp morning with little to no traffic.
First stop was the Walwa General store. Bacon and eggs again


We continued on our way along the edge of the dam all the way into Albury.
From there it was a pretty un-eventful run down the Hume (or doom, or gloom hwy as it's sometimes called) until Rick departed out west and I continued on south towards Benalla and Mansfield way.
My plan was to head down the Black Spur and then catch up with Rick again on Sunday at Erica for the start of the journey home.
Got pulled over for a breath test just before Bonnie Doon (made famous by the Aussie hit movie, The Castle). Actually had a pretty cool chat with the copper as he quizzed me all about my bike.



From there it was a quick squirt around Lake Eildon and down the Black Spur to Healsville.










Once again, this piece of road is renowned for over policing, so just a nice easy cruise was the go. Soaking up the cool fresh air before I hit the hustle and bustle of the city.







Still gave the tyres a bit of a workout....
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i like the route you guys took... oberon to goulburn is a great road.
Yeah you're not wrong.

Rick tells me a lot of people give it a miss because of the rough, sort of unfinished bit in the middle.
I actually had a bit of a moment cresting the hill where it goes from 2 wide lanes into 1 and a bit.
Wouldn't have normally been a problem, except for the log truck coming the other way, taking up the whole road, and that it actually was a bit of a sharp bend to the right...

Apart from that, I gave it a big
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Just love those narrow roads twisting through the forested hills! My cup of tea!!!
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Few random pics from over the weekend...











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After leaving the Island it was time to head up to my mum's place at Erica and catch up again with Rick.
The weather was perfect until I hit Warragul and it absolutely bucketed down! I got a couple of pics of what I was heading into.



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